Ramadan is a special period for our Muslim friends. The Ramadan vibes affect the whole country. Thus, we might be interested to try Japanese restaurants that are allowed for our Muslim friends. Indeed, Japanese food mostly use seafood as its ingredients. Yet, pork is also an essential ingredient in Japanese cuisine. For instance, the best ramen broths are arguably made from pork.
Luckily, the expansion of Muslim market has made restaurateurs to open Japanese restaurants in Singapore for them. We can taste delicious sushi, sashimi, ramen, udon and other Japanese dishes without pork, lard and alcohol.
Here are 6 Japanese restaurants in Singapore we can try during this Ramadan period:
1. Hararu Izakaya
The word “Hararu” literally means “halal”. In fact, the restaurant is the first Muslim-owned Japanese restaurant in Singapore. Their goal is to be the first authentic halal Izakaya in South East Asia. While the word “Izakaya” technically represents a casual gastropub, they don’t sell any alcohol there.
Hararu Izakaya also got fantastic vibes inside. They have modern ‘bar’ on the first floor, and tatami dining experience on the second floor. Obviously, they also served delicious dishes. Ranging from grilled wagyu beef, to unagi-don. The beverages are also special. Ranging from Japanese style milkshakes, to dealcoholized wines.
The place is quite crowded and you must prepare to be on the waiting list. Yet, you can make the most of your visit by following it on JPassport to get the latest promotions and deals!
Harāru Izakaya 16 Bussorah Street Singapore 199437 (Bugis MRT) Tel: +65 62915373 Opening hours: 12.00PM – 2.30PM, 5.00PM – 10.00PM, Last order 9PM (Tues – Thurs, Sun) 12.00PM – 2.30PM, 5.00PM – 11.00PM, Last Order 10.00PM (Fri, Sat, Eve of PH)
2. Hei Sushi
Love sushi? Now, Muslim friends don’t need to be in doubt. This restaurant is the first halal-certified sushi belt restaurant. Moreover, they serve huge variations of sushi. You can choose over 200 dishes from sushi plates to Japanese steamboat. Fusion food and “Chef’s Creation” menu are also available for those who are craving for new taste.
When you are eating at Hei Sushi, you can go round and round with sushi choices. However, the plates are colour-coded, so you will know the price to avoid excessive bills. There are many must-try signatures for you, such Shake Tobimayo and Hei Dragon Makimono.
Market Square @ Downtown East, E!Avenue, #02-334, 1 Pasir Ris Close, Singapore 519599 Opening hours: 11.30AM – 10PM
& 28 Tai Seng Street, #01-02, Singapore 534106 Opening hours: Daily 11.30AM – 9PM
3. The Ramen Stall
It seems impossible to have delicious halal ramen. More often than not, the halal ramen has dilute and flavourless broth. Yet The Ramen Stall offers a whole new level of halal ramen. They prepared their rich broth by boiling bones and meat for 30 hours.
One of the most popular dishes in here is Volcano Ramen, which is available in three spice levels. They also serve dry ramen with spicy and non-spicy version. Sushi, sashimi, and kushiyaki are also available.
The best thing about The Ramen Stall is their unique opening hours. It’s possibly the only halal ramen restaurant that stays open until 5AM! Just like their slogan, they want to “satisfy your night craving”.
The Ramen Stall 787 North Bridge Road Singapore 198755 Tel: +65 6655 0800 Mon to Fri: 5PM – 5AM Sat & Sun: 12PM – 5AM
Zamza is a ramen and donburi restaurant that guarantees there’s no pork, no lard and no cooking alcohol. Rumour has it, the restaurant is owned by the owner of Jimoto Ya. They serve authentic dishes made by collaboration of ramen specialists in Shimbashi (Tokyo), Kobe (Osaka) and Singapore-based Japanese chefs.
At Zamza, we can enjoy chicken based ramen which has two types: clear or creamy broth. The chicken here is tender, and more importantly, it’s halal for our Muslim friends. You surely can’t resist! Click here for its latest promotions at JPassport.
Zamza 38 Sultan Gate #01-01 FOMO Singapore 198486
Tel: +65 91797088
Opening hours: Mon to Sun: 10AM – 10PM
It’s the halal-certified cafe we’re all craving for. Kumoya is the first Japanese-French inspired cafe in Singapore that serves cute foods for sweet tooth. The minimalist cafe is also good for you who have little children.
Apart from sweet menu like eclairs and matcha toast, there are savoury menu with dishes like Japanese seafood curry and ebi tempura. We can’t miss out their Sakura Parfait, too, since it presents the best Japanese-French dessert on Earth.
8 Jalan Klapa, Singapore 199320
Tel: +65 6297 3727 Opening hours: Tue-Thur & Sun 12PM to 9.30PM, Fri-Sat 12PM to 10.30PM
6. Lean Bento
The healthy and halal Japanese restaurant that we need in our life! Really, all of their menu don’t even exceed the 500 calories mark. Lean Bento serves various meals, which not only nutritious but also has decent look and exceptional taste. You can choose the delicious bentos to be delivered right to your door.
Lean Bento prepared pesticide-free food, so you can enjoy a wide array of vegetables and fruits on your plate. They also have healthier alternative, such as brown rice, so every customer won’t feel guilty when eating a set of tasty bento!
Lean Bento 43 Holland Drive, #01-49,
Tel: +65 6750 4504
Opening hours: 10AM to 9PM (Mon-Fri), 10AM to 6PM (Sat-Sun). Last order is 30 minutes before closing.